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Faculty of Law energy. skills. excellence.


The Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary is grounded in the youthful and vibrant culture of one of North America’s most dynamic cities. We connect the teaching and research of some of the brightest legal scholars with community leaders and innovators, which places us at the forefront of innovation in Canadian legal education.

Our research and teaching in natural resources, energy and environmental law is internationally recognized, and will help the University of Calgary become one of the top research institutions in Canada by 2016. Our faculty are among the finest law teachers and legal scholars in the nation, and their work is cited by academics, judges and governments around the world. We are building strong futures for our students and our community through the pursuit of three goals: •

Becoming the global destination for the study of natural resources, energy and environmental law

Being the Canadian leader in lawyering skills development

Becoming Western Canada’s standard of excellence for JD programs

On the cover: The golden doors of the old Calgary Courthouse now stand outside the Calgary Courts Centre, the largest court facility in Canada and the second largest in North America.

The Faculty of Law is: •

One of the world’s leading law schools in the knowledge of and influence over the legal aspects of the energy economy

Home to the International Energy Lawyers Program, in partnership with the University of Houston Law Center

Home to Canada’s only Master of Laws Program specializing in Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law

A pioneer of legal skills training through the Excellence in Lawyering Program

A leader in executive training and professional development through the Cenovus Continuing Legal Education Program


Building strong foundations for exceptional careers Excellence in Lawyering Program From the very beginning, our commitment to skills training has been at the core of our approach to legal education. The Excellence in Lawyering Program aims to set the Canadian standard for legal skills training. It includes courses, programs and experiences to strengthen core skills in students, including: • Legal ethics and professionalism •

Dispute resolution and advocacy

• Client interviewing skills • Legal research and writing •

Mooting and debating

Presentation skills

• Relational skills

Giving students the opportunity to develop their business acumen will give them the edge when applying for positions after graduation. It’s not just about knowing the law and legal theory any longer. New grads need an understanding of practical business skills to succeed and excel in a corporate environment. —Bryce Tingle, professor and N. Murray Edwards Chair in Business Law


Building a key knowledge base for Canada’s future Specialization in Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law The Faculty of Law has an international reputation for excellence in the areas of natural resources, energy and environmental law (NREEL). Faculty members involved in the NREEL group promote education, research and publication, and facilitate collaboration and interaction with related disciplines and institutions, with the legal profession and with the community. The Canadian Institute of Resources Law The Canadian Institute of Resources Law (CIRL) is the leading national centre on legal and policy issues relating to Canada’s natural resources. Through its three-fold mandate of research, education and publication, CIRL initiates projects and responds to requests from the public and private sectors and from non-governmental organizations to create a better understanding of how legal systems and laws deal with natural resources. The International Energy Lawyers Program Established in 2012, the International Energy Lawyers Program (IELP) is a joint JD program offered with the University of Houston Law Center that allows students to earn both Canadian and American law degrees in four years. Calgary and Houston are the two largest energy hubs in North America, and the IELP allows students to learn to analyze complex emerging issues in the energy and environment sectors.

Professors Nigel Bankes, Sharon Mascher and Al Lucas are some of the world’s leading experts on natural resources, energy and environmental law.


Building strong partnerships for a strong community The Faculty of Law has developed numerous partnerships with a variety of legal organizations in Calgary and Alberta. These relationships allow us to share knowledge and resources to help create a better legal system in the province. Student Legal Assistance Student Legal Assistance (SLA) provides legal assistance and representation for those who are unable to afford the services of a lawyer. Our students have the opportunity to volunteer with SLA as caseworkers and to develop important legal and advocacy skills through practical experience and mentoring from practicing lawyer volunteers. Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre The mission of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre (ACLRC) is to “promote respect for civil liberties and human rights in Alberta through research and education to contribute to a more just and inclusive community.� Founded by Sheldon Chumir and incorporated in 1982, ACLRC is dedicated to promoting civil liberties and human rights in Alberta through research, publication and education. Alberta Law Reform Institute The Alberta Law Reform Institute (ALRI) is the official law reform agency for Alberta. It provides independent comprehensive advice to the provincial government and other agencies to ensure that the law and administration of justice are kept up-to-date and serve Albertans to the best extent possible.

Students, faculty and alumni are actively engaged with a variety of organizations to help shape and improve Alberta’s justice system.


Calgary is the hub of Canada’s energy economy and the Faculty of Law is home to some of the best legal minds in the area of natural resources, energy and environmental law. We provide students with outstanding educational and skills development opportunities. As a result, our graduates are leaders in their fields and are highly sought after locally, nationally and around the world. We are building strong foundations for a strong future.


Faculty of Law Murray Fraser Hall University Of Calgary 2500 University Drive NW Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 CANADA 403.220.7115 law@ucalgary.ca law.ucalgary.ca Twitter: @UCalgaryLaw Facebook: facebook.com/UCalgaryLaw

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